2019 Grand Slam: Three months to go

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2019 Grand Slam: Three months to go

THREE months remain before the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts begins at Wolverhampton's Aldersley Leisure Village.

This year's Grand Slam of Darts will be held from November 9-17, with tickets available now from both SeeTickets and the Midland Box Office.

Places are still up for grabs in the 32-player tournament, with four PDC televised events remaining ahead of the cut-off in early November.

Rob Cross' win over Michael Smith in the World Matchplay final recently meant that no new qualifiers came from the Blackpool event.

However, the finalists of the World Grand Prix, Champions League of Darts, European Championship and World Series of Darts Finals can still secure a coveted Wolverhampton spot.

European Tour victories for Dave Chisnall and Jamie Hughes have seen them take provisional qualifying places, although they could still be edged out by any new TV finalists.

Alongside the 16 PDC qualifiers from the list below, eight players will come from the PDC qualifier on November 4 in Wigan, while the BDO will also provide eight representatives in the field.

Broadcast live on Sky Sports, the nine days of action will initially see the 32 players split into eight groups of four for the round-robin phase, with all players competing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are now on General Sale from SeeTickets and the Midland Box Office or by calling 0870 320 7000.

2019 Grand Slam of Darts Qualification List (as of August 9):
Qualifying Players: (invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players. Current provisional qualifiers in bold)
2018/19 PDC World Champion; MICHAEL VAN GERWEN - 1
2018 Grand Slam Champion; GERWYN PRICE - 2
2019 Premier League Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
2019 World Matchplay Champion; ROB CROSS - 3
2019 World Grand Prix Champion;
2018 World Youth Champion; DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH - 4
2019 Masters Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
2019 UK Open Champion; NATHAN ASPINALL - 5
2019 European Champion;
2018 Players Champion; DARYL GURNEY - 6
2019 Champions League Champion;
2019 World Series of Darts Finals Champion;
2019 World Cup winners; GARY ANDERSON - 7, PETER WRIGHT - 8
2018/19 PDC World Championship runner-up; MICHAEL SMITH - 9
2018 Grand Slam runner-up; (Gary Anderson)
2019 Premier League runner-up; (Rob Cross)
2019 World Matchplay runner-up; (Michael Smith)
2019 World Grand Prix runner-up;
2018 World Youth Championship runner-up; MARTIN SCHINDLER - 10
2019 Masters runner-up; JAMES WADE - 11
2019 UK Open runner-up; (Rob Cross)
2019 European Championship runner-up;
2018 Players Championship runner-up; (Michael van Gerwen)
2019 Champions League runner-up;
2019 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up;
2019 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available); STEVE LENNON – 12, WILLIAM O’CONNOR - 13

This list can produce a maximum of 28 players. If it produces more than 16 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically.

If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:

2019 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 4): (Michael van Gerwen x4), IAN WHITE x2 – 14, (Daryl Gurney), DAVE CHISNALL - 15, JAMIE HUGHES - 16.

Players shall be separated within the reserve list first by the number of Events in each category they have won and then by their position in the PDC main Order of Merit on the cut-off date.

Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Full Member qualifier and eight players from the BDO system.

The 24 competing PDC players shall be ordered in three pots of eight players each, determined in Order of Merit order after the Grand Slam qualifier.

The top eight ranked PDC players on the main Order of Merit at the cut-off date shall be seeded as per the bracket order in groups A – H with the remaining 16 players placed in main Order of Merit order in to the two remaining pots.

The eight BDO representatives - who will be confirmed in due course - shall be drawn randomly, one placed in each group.